Small Business Headlines – August 28th

With the thoughts of many on those that live on the Gulf Coast and many political observers watching the RNC in Tampa, news specific to the world of small business has been slow the last few days.  But..if you are a follower of all things politic, two new scandals have dominated the news in Albany.  Senator Shirley Huntley has been charged in a sham non-profit operation and Assemblyman Vito Lopez has seen his staff slashed, chairmen position revoked and many elected officials calling for his resignation after sexual harassment claims have been made.  Adding to this is the new revelation that Speaker Silver authorized a payment of $103,080 from taxpayer dollars to settle harassment claims.

With that, some other news…

Standard & Poor’s gave New York’s bond rating an upgrade.

Comptroller DiNapoli issued a report touting the importance of farms to New York’s economy.


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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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